Israel Political Brief November 15, 2012: Israel moves troops toward Gaza

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Israel moves troops toward Gaza

Source: AP, 11-15-12

Palestinian militants barraged Israel with more than 200 rockets on Thursday, killing three people as Israel pressed a punishing campaign of airstrikes on militant targets across the Gaza Strip. Three rockets targeted the densely populated Tel Aviv area, setting off air raid sirens in brazen attacks that threatened to trigger an Israeli ground invasion of Gaza.

Late in the day, Israel signaled a ground operation may be imminent as forces moved toward the border area with Gaza. At least 12 trucks were seen transporting tanks and armored personnel carriers, and a number of buses carrying soldiers arrived. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said he had authorized the army to call-up additional reservists for possible action. The army said it was prepared to draft up to 30,000 additional troops.

‘‘I ordered the military today to widen the draft of reserve soldiers in order to be able to be ready for any development,’’ Barak said….READ MORE

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Israel Political Brief November 15, 2012: Israel moves troops toward Gaza; Ehud Barak wants 30000 reservists

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Israel moves troops toward Gaza; Barak wants 30000 reservists

At least a dozen trucks carrying tanks, armored vehicles were seen late Thursday moving toward border area, while buses ferried soldiers; Barak asks government to okay reserves call-up ahead of possible ground invasion….READ MORE

Israel Brief November 15, 2012: Online campaign urging Israel supporters to wear red

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Online campaign urging Israel supporters to wear red

Source: JTA, 11-15-12

An online campaign is asking people around the world to send in photos of themselves wearing red clothing in support of residents of southern Israel….READ MORE

Full Text Israel Political Brief November 15, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Statement on Operation Pillar of Defense

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PM Netanyahu’s Statement on Operation Pillar of Defense

Source: PMO, 11-15-12

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued the following statement to the foreign press

In recent days and weeks, Hamas and the other terrorist organizations in Gaza have made normal life impossible for over one million Israelis. No government would tolerate a situation where nearly a fifth of its people live under a constant barrage of rockets and missile fire, and Israel will not tolerate this situation. This is why my government has instructed the Israeli Defense Forces to conduct surgical strikes against the terrorist infrastructure in Gaza. And this is why Israel will continue to take whatever action is necessary to defend our people.

I want to remind you that seven years ago, Israel withdrew from every square inch of Gaza. Now Hamas, they took over the areas we vacated. What did it do? Rather than build a better future for the residents of Gaza, the Hamas leadership, backed by Iran, turned Gaza into a terrorist stronghold. They fired thousand of rockets at our cities, at our towns, at our civilians, at our children. They’ve smuggled thousands of rockets and missiles into Gaza, and they deliberately place these rockets and missiles in civilian areas: in homes, in schools, near hospitals. This year alone, the fired over one thousand rockets and missiles at Israel, included close to 200 rockets in the last 24 hours.

I’m stressing this because it’s important to understand one simple point. There is no moral symmetry; there is no moral equivalence, between Israel and the terrorist organizations in Gaza. The terrorists are committing a double war crime. They fire at Israeli civilians, and they hide behind Palestinian civilians. And by contrast, Israel takes every measure to avoid civilian casualties. I saw today a picture of a bleeding Israeli baby. This picture says it all: Hamas deliberately targets our children, and they deliberately place their rockets next to their children. Despite this reality, and it’s a very difficult reality, Israel will continue to do everything in its power to avoid civilian casualties.

I have to say that from my talks with world leaders, I have the clear understanding that they have a clear understanding of this. Yesterday I spoke to President Obama and I briefed him on Israel’s operations. I want to express my appreciation once again to President Obama for his unequivocal clear sided support for Israel’s right to defend itself. I also want to express my appreciation to the other world leaders I’ve had a chance to speak to in the last 24 hours: to President Hollande of France, to UN Secretary Ban Ki-Moon, to EU Foreign Minister Catherine Ashton and to Quartet representative Tony Blair. I want to thank them for their understanding of Israel’s need to defend itself, and Israel’s right to defend itself.

In the past 24 hours Israel has made it clear that it will not tolerate rocket and missile attacks on its civilians. I hope that Hamas and the other terror organizations in Gaza got the message. If not, Israel is prepared to take whatever action is necessary to defend our people.”

Israel Political Brief November 14, 2012: Israel prepares for expansion of Operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza

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Israel prepares for expansion of Operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza

Source: Haaretz, 11-14-12

Over 80 rockets fired at Isrel on Wednesday; more than 20 rockets intercepted by Iron Dome System; Israeli cabinet authorizes IDF reservists call-up. 

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Following four days of escalation on the Israel-Gaza border, Israel launched a military operation in the Gaza Strip Wednesday, killing Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari in an airstrike, and targeting weapons warehouses and long-range rocket launchers….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief November 14, 2012: Israel hammers Gaza with airstrikes, warns of ground operation

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Israel hammers Gaza with airstrikes, warns of ground operation

After hammering the Gaza Strip with 20 airstrikes Wednesday in retaliation for rocket attacks, killing the commander of Hamas’s military arm and nine others, the Israeli military has warned that its campaign could escalate into a ground operation…READ MORE

Israel Political Brief November 14, 2012: Rocket attacks intensify, IDF reservists called up after Israel kills Hamas leader in Gaza

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Rocket attacks intensify, IDF reservists called up after Israel kills Hamas leader in Gaza

Source: JTA, 11-14-12

The Israeli army began moving infantry units to the south and calling up reservists in preparation for a further escalation of hostilities with Hamas after an Israeli airstrike killed Hamas’ military chief in the strip….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief November 14, 2012: Israeli strike kills Hamas leader in Gaza, bombings hit suspected terror sites

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Israeli strike kills Hamas leader in Gaza, bombings hit suspected terror sites

Source: JTA, 11-14-12

In the wake of its targeted killing of Hamas’ military chief in the Gaza Strip and strikes on terror targets, Israel began moving infantry units south and called up reservists….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief November 14, 2012: Israel Strikes Hamas, Killing Commander

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Israel Strikes Hamas, Killing Commander

Source: Wall Street Journal, 11-14-12Israel’s military also launched dozens of attacks on other Hamas commanders and weapons storage sites in the Gaza Strip, it said, adding that it had significantly imparied Hamas’s missible capabilities….READ MORE

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